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Anthem, Inc (ANTM) is a leading healthcare plans business based in the US. It opened the day at $312.16 after a previous close of $313.75. During the day the price has varied from a low of $310.16 to a high of $315.91. The latest price was $311.4 (25 minute delay). Anthem is listed on the NYSE and employs 70,600 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Anthem

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: ANTM in this case.
  5. Research Anthem shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Anthem shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Anthem's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Anthem's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $292.21, which is 0.85% down on its pre-crash value of $294.71 and 70.85% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $171.03.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Anthem shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $655.05 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,095.79.

Anthem share price

Use our graph to track the performance of ANTM stocks over time.

Anthem shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open$312.16
High$315.91
Low$310.16
Close$311.4
Previous close$313.75
Change $-2.35
Change % -0.749%
Volume 806,046
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range$169.3836 - $337.2053
50-day moving average $316.5206
200-day moving average $284.7148
Wall St. target price$360.13
PE ratio 15.9388
Dividend yield $3.8 (1.23%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $19.366
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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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Access unlimited commission-free trading on 3,800+ US stocks and ETFs with Stake. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Anthem stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Anthem price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $311.4

1 week (2021-01-15) -4.60%
1 month (2020-12-22) 2.67%
3 months (2020-10-22) 2.04%
6 months (2020-07-22) 16.16%
1 year (2020-01-22) 2.60%
2 years (2019-01-22) 17.70%
3 years (2018-01-22) 24.31%
5 years (2016-01-22) 120.23%

Is Anthem under- or over-valued?

Valuing Anthem stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Anthem's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Anthem's P/E ratio

Anthem's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Anthem shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

However, Anthem's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the healthcare plans industry or those of similar companies.

Anthem's PEG ratio

Anthem's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0738. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Anthem's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Anthem's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Anthem's EBITDA

Anthem's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $9.3 billion (£6.8 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Anthem's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

To put Anthem's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Anthem financials

Revenue TTM $117.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.45%
Gross profit TTM $22.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.65%
Return on equity TTM 15.19%
Profit margin 4.22%
Book value $135.986
Market capitalisation $76.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Anthem shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "ANTM.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 4.1 million Anthem shares held short by investors – that's known as Anthem's "short interest". This figure is 16.8% up from 3.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Anthem shares can be evaluated.

Anthem's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Anthem's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Anthem shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Anthem shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Anthem's SIR currently stands at 3.25. In other words for every 100,000 Anthem shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3250 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Anthem's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Anthem's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Anthem shares, or, against the total number of tradable Anthem shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Anthem's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Anthem shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0165% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Anthem shares, roughly 17 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Anthem.

Find out more about how you can short Anthem stock.

Anthem's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Anthem.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Anthem's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.94

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Anthem's overall score of 17.94 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Anthem is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Anthem's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Anthem's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.55/100

Anthem's environmental score of 1.55 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Anthem's social score

Social score: 10.27/100

Anthem's social score of 10.27 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Anthem's governance score

Governance score: 8.63/100

Anthem's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Anthem's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Anthem scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Anthem has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Anthem, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.94
Total ESG percentile 12.86
Environmental score 1.55
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 10.27
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 8.63
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

Anthem share dividends

16%

Dividend payout ratio: 15.99% of net profits

Recently Anthem has paid out, on average, around 15.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.23% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Anthem shareholders could enjoy a 1.23% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Anthem's case, that would currently equate to about $3.8 per share.

While Anthem's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Anthem is investing more in its future growth.

Anthem's most recent dividend payout was on 22 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Anthem's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Anthem's shares ever split?

Anthem's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 June 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Anthem shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Anthem shares which in turn could have impacted Anthem's share price.

Anthem share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Anthem's shares have ranged in value from as little as $169.3836 up to $337.2053. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ANTM.US volatility(beta: 0.99)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Anthem's is 0.9927. This would suggest that Anthem's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

To put Anthem's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Anthem overview

Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial & Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small group, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; traditional indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, such as consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. The company also provides a range of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs, and other administrative services. In addition, it offers an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, radiology benefit management, and analytics-driven personal health care guidance; and Medicare administrative services. Further, the company provides services to the federal government in connection with the Federal Employee Program; and operates as a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. As of December 31, 2019, it served 41 million medical members through its affiliated health plans. Anthem, Inc. has a strategic relationship with Quest Diagnostics Incorporated to develop various outcomes-based programs for enhanced health care experience for consumers and providers. The company was formerly known as WellPoint, Inc. and changed its name to Anthem, Inc. in December 2014. Anthem, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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